Elder Bean's Mission Scripture

Elder Bean's Mission Scripture:

Alma 26: 35

35 Now have we not reason to rejoice? Yea, I say unto you, there never were men that had so great reason to rejoice as we, since the world began; yea, and my joy is carried away, even unto boasting in my God; for he has all power, all wisdom, and all understanding; he comprehendeth all things, and he is a merciful Being, even unto salvation, to those who will repent and believe on his name.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

July 1, 2013 May I have your wallet, please?

Note from Elder Bean's mom:  On June 29, 2013 I received an email from Elder Bean's mission president. It read:

Dear Sister Bean:

Thank you for preparing and sending your son, Elder David Bean, on a full-time mission.  He is a fine young man, and Sister Martins and I are delighted to have him in the Brazil Sao Paulo North Mission.

We need you to contact your bank to cancel Elder Bean's debit card and ask for a new one.

Unfortunately, in a metropolitan area like Sao Paulo's (the third largest in the world), sometimes unpleasant things happen and missionaries are not immune to those.  A few minutes ago Elder Bean and his companion, Elder Torres, were robbed in the street and lost their wallets.  There was no violence, and both missionaries followed the standard Church policy for such incidents.

Elder Bean is fine--he called me just a couple of minutes ago from another phone (the Church-issued cell phone was taken as well)--and he sounded calm and in peace.

When you have a new debit card for him, please . . .  [The rest of the email was about how to send the card through FedEx for greater delivery security.] 

Elder Bean explained some details on Monday July 1:

We were on the bus when a young man stood up and pulled out a gun.  His buddy started collecting the cell phones and wallets.  But no one got hurt.  Actually they were very polite, saying things like "Be calm, please" and "Just give us your wallets, please."  I'm okay, and presidente has already given us a new cell phone and some money to live.  It was a real blessing that nothing super bad happened.  I love you, and I know that your prayers and the Lord are protecting me.

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